First Word: President Obama pushing his health-care law…again

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President Obama stands with families who benefited from the health care law provision that provides consumers with a refund if their insurance company doesn...
President Obama stands with families who benefited from the health care law provision that provides consumers with a refund if their insurance company doesn...
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Because the Republican party remains adamantly opposed to President Obama’s health-care law after voting yesterday in the House to delay the individual mandate, the president is delivering a speech Thursday to the law’s implementation. His political group Organizing for Action has already aired TV ads to promote the law.

  • Obama will argue that his Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of consumers
  • Obama administration has added roughly $33 million to a contract with a PR firm to help promote health-care law
  • House Republicans voted on Wednesday to delay core provisions of President Obama’s health care law
  • A meeting of Senate Republicans grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told them they could have gotten a better deal on nominations
  • Politico runs five questions for the inspector general
  • Treasury Department inspector general who produced the original report at Darrell Issa’s request, is going back for Issa’s committee hearing
  • President Obama could scrap one-on-one talks with Vladimir Putin next month in Moscow if Edward Snowden is granted asylum in Russia
  • Liz Cheney called Sen. Mike Enzi “confused”
  • Gov. Rick Perry signs anti-abortion bill into law
  • Terry McAuliffe leading Ken Cuccinelli in newest poll
  • Majority favor same-sex marriage in Virginia
  • Bernanke to Congress: Please don’t screw the economy up
  • A strong majority of Americans, 59 percent, said they would like to see the House either pass the Senate’s immigration bill
  • Sen. John McCain has told Democratic leaders he wants a prominent role in debt talks this fall, alarming conservatives
  • At least 12 Republican senators are regularly meeting with Obama’s top aides to figure out the looming fiscal challenges this fall
  • Jim DeMint and Heritage’s role behind the scenes in fighting Republicans
  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito quintupled his net worth last year
  • Rebels are still losing in Syria
  • A drone crashed on a Florida highway
  • The USOC and John Boehner disagree with Lindsey Graham that the U.S. should consider boycotting the Winter Olympics
  • Joe Biden says he could “die a happy man” never being president
  • “House of Cards” makes Emmy history
  • Happy 95th birthday, Nelson Mandela!

First Word: President Obama pushing his health-care law...again

Updated